|COURSE NUMBER:||EDUC 251|
|COURSE TITLE:||Introduction to the Study of Teaching|
|NAME OF INSTRUCTOR:||Dr John Hull|
|CREDIT WEIGHT AND WEEKLY TIME DISTRIBUTION:||credits 3 (hrs lect 3 - hrs sem 0 - hrs lab 3)|
|COURSE DESCRIPTION:||This course introduces the life of the professional teacher and
lays the foundation to future courses in the teacher education program.
The course consists of two components: 1) on-campus classes exploring
basic educational concepts; and 2) in-school observation of these
concepts at work. Students spend five half days in an elementary school
and five half days in a secondary school.|
Please see the current EDUCATION 251 MANUAL for special information pertaining to the evaluation of this course. This course is recommended for second year and beyond.
EDUCATION 251 is designed to introduce university students to the professional life of the teacher by examining the school as a social institution, especially as it relates to the multiple roles that a teacher is required to fulfill in the school. The most visible roles of the teacher are those that involve interactions with students and it is these roles that will receive a greater emphasis in the course; however, the roles and responsibilities associated with teaching extend beyond matters which involve instruction per se. Since the school is a many-sided, complex institution, and teaching is likewise a complex occupation, consideration will therefore be given to the multiple understandings of education, including philosophical, psychological, sociological, and structural interpretations. In addition, the course stresses the need for prospective teachers to become reflective about their task and to realize that schooling is fundamentally a normative enterprise in that schools explicitly and implicitly seek to lead students to adopt particular views, habits, and understandings that are inherently value-laden. At King’s the implications of the Christian faith for teaching serve as a backdrop to this normative reflection.
EDUCATION 251 entails two different but complementary sorts of experiences. In the on-campus component, issues related to teaching, learning, and schooling will be examined. The in-school portion (the placement) is designed to allow students to observe and analyze instances of the phenomena discussed in on-campus classes, to participate in the life of classrooms, and to work in a limited way with students at different levels. Students are reminded that the primary focus of this course is to provide exposure to the expectations and scope of the teaching profession. Experience and knowledge arising from such exposure will serve as a foundation for reflecting in an informed manner on the teaching profession. The actual development of professional skills, attitudes, and knowledge will be addressed in courses within the B.Ed. program.
|REQUIRED TEXTS:||There is no textbook for this course! |
Any readings assigned by the instructor or presenter groups will be available on Moodle
|MARK DISTRIBUTION IN PERCENT:||
|COURSE OBJECTIVES:||By the end of the course students will…|
Required texts, assignments, and grade distributions may vary from one offering of this course to the next. Please consult the course instructor for up to date details.
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